Date:06 March 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Gospel singer Naphy M Manenzhe still walks the streets of Thohoyandou, Biaba Nzhelele and Louis Trichardt with a blaring speaker as he sells his music.
Naphy M is a resident of Tshitavha Vhulaudzi village in the Nzhelele area and is convinced that this is the most relevant time for artists to record and distribute music, as it brings comfort to people.
“Covid-19 is real; it hit us hard and we now have to console one another,” he told Limpopo Mirror. “We are losing loved ones; people are losing jobs and food prices are skyrocketing. We need comfort and motivation to keep strong and alive.”
He said that artists from all different fields needed to use their talents to speak to the masses, as well as to the government. “We can’t just fold our arms and sit back. We need to sing about the Covid-19 pandemic and deliver positive messages,” he said. “Painters, too, need to produce the kind of work that also speaks to the people.”
Naphy M released two songs, Baba ri lwele kha malwadze and Corona hamba, which respectively means ‘Oh Lord protect us from the sicknesses’, and ‘Go away, coronavirus’.
“I am confident that God will hear our prayers,” he said. “He will heal our land.”
Naphy M's previous albums include songs such as Ri tshi funana, Murena a nga si tende, Ro tendelana, Ri khathutshele, Thoma nga nne, Nga Lutendo and Lutendo lwanga.
This singer has also popularised his music through his amazing dance moves. He wears a huge, voluminous garment that flaps around him like a parachute while he dances. Naphy M and his dancers are known as MaGusheshe because of this attire and dance moves, which fascinate many onlookers. These unique dance moves had earned him respect and admiration in the music industry.
Those who are interested in Naphy M's music can contact him via WhatsApp or call him on Tel 071 174 6338.
Naphy M provides comfort in the face of the pandemic. Picture supplied.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.